W099
How to tame, play or skirt environmental uncertainties?

Convenors:
Nathalie Ortar (ENTPE)
Françoise Lafaye (ENTPE/UMR CNRS EVS)
Anne-Sophie Sayeux (Université Clermont-Ferrand 2 - PAEDI - UMR CNRS ADES)
Olivier Sirost (Université de Rouen)
Location:
V508
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

In this workshop we want to question how individuals and society cope with an uncertain environment. How an uncertain environment can also be considered as ecologically resilient and smoothing? What are the bypass practices and resistance to announced risks?

Long abstract:

To cope with environmental uncertainties, individuals and groups have established strategies. In this workshop we want to question how individuals and society cope with an uncertain environment. How an uncertain and therefore anxiogenic environment can also be considered as ecologically resilient and smoothing? What are the bypass practices and resistance to announced risks? How do individuals and society manage the anxious anticipation of possible disasters? What dissonances may exist between risks identified by scientific experts and uses of nature experienced in everyday life? To guide the discussion two thematics are proposed: 1-Taming uncertainty: how our daily practices enable us to domesticate or deny uncertainties related to human relationships with nature? What do individuals do to cope with environmental latent or real degradation? We will examine patterns of consumption, travel, citizen engagement offering in some measure control over concerns about an uncertain future. Moreover, in this context, experts and scientists discourses and practices play a vital role. At different levels, ecological resilience and green chemistry express a desire to control, but also a great diversity in the ways to overcome this uncertainty. 2- Bypass and games of uncertainty: which uses of nature can allow individuals to play with risks associated to nature or bypass them? How these activities give us the opportunity to escape daily life anxiety and control uncertainty? We will question sports and recreation practices associated to nature, but also "slow" movements in order to understand if they are used as a response to collectives' uncertainties.